Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.

George A. Sheehan

Men of sensitivity are like good, much-played violins which vibrate at each touch of the bow.

Wassily Kandinsky

The most important tool the artist fashions through constant practice is faith in his ability to produce miracles when they are needed.

Mark Rothko

It is disastrous to name ourselves.

Willem de Kooning

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made anything from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made . . . I was with Him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before Him at all times; playing in the world. And my delights were to be with the children of men.


Understanding is nothing to do with thought. You may reason, which is the process of thinking, logic, till you say, “I don’t understand it,” then you become silent, and you say, “AH, I see it, I understand it.”


Political solutions work as long as the situation is hopeless.

J. R. Slaughter

The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love. While I was conducting experiments to make spineless cacti, I often talked to the plants. . . . “You have nothing to fear,” I would tell them. “You don’t need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.” Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thornless variety.

Luther Burbank to Paramahansa Yogananda

Each thing is a fairy whose inner treasures are concealed beneath poor commonplace garments, a virgin who has to be loved to become fruitful.

Ortega y Gasset

Your body is the temple of your soul. Your soul is God’s temple. You cannot get to your heavenly Father until you take care of your earthly mother, which is your body.

Baba Hari Dass

In order to do it is necessary to be. And it is necessary first to understand what to be means.

P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous

They are so concerned for their life that their anxiety makes life unbearable, even when they have the things they think they want. Their very concern for enjoyment makes them unhappy. . . .

I will hold to the saying that: “Perfect joy is to be without joy. Perfect praise is to be without praise.”

If you ask “what ought to be done” and “what ought not to be done” on earth in order to produce happiness, I answer that these questions do not have an answer. There is no way of determining such things. . . .

From “Perfect Joy” in The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton

There is no need to struggle to be free; the absence of struggle is in itself freedom.

Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism